Before you begin to seriously head out and buy books, you need to learn some terminology and become familiar with book publishing and production process. For instance, many people consider book collecting only with regards to the last product because it appeared in the bookstore, there are other elements of a book which can be more valuable, more elusive, and more heavily collected. Plus, the more you know about the real history of books and how books are constructed, the more finely tuned your critical senses is going to be, and the more you'll appreciate finding a truly good book. This short article is an attempt to educate and give you resources to have you started in book collecting.

For the collector, there are three primary what to consider when buying a book: EDITION, CONDITION and SCARCITY in this disorder and edition.

Understanding these areas is the various between success and failure, between being able to build an accumulation treasures and selection of reading copies, between being able to collect and sell for the money, or perhaps heading out and buying plenty of worthless books.


Elements of a Book

*Cover- To put something over or upon, as to guard, conceal or enclose. Dustcover.

*Spine-The back area of the book and it faces outward once you shelf the book right.

*Title Page- The page in the beginning of the book, usually containing the title of the book and the names of mcdougal and publisher.

*Copyright Page-Where the copyright date is found.

*Dedication Page-Its the place where mcdougal dedicates the book to someone.

*Table of Contents-A set of the books contents, arranged by chapter, section, subsection, Etc...

*Forward- An introduction by person apart from mcdougal, and it is usually a famous person..

*Text (or Body)-The actual words of the book

*Glossary-A set of hard words with their meanings often printed in the trunk of the book.

*Bibliography- A set of books, articles, etc. Used or referred by mcdougal at the conclusion of the book.

*Index-A set of subjects and names in alphabetical order at the conclusion of the book.

*ISBN-International Standard Book Numbers--is a ten digit number that uniquely identifies books and look-like products published internationally.


Getting Started

The used and collectible book market divides into three neat categories:reading copy, antiquarian, and modern first edition.

*Reading Copies

Are books you are able to take to the beach or into a bathtub. They're the greatest area of the book market, and they're everywhere. If you get a book with anything in your mind apart from collecting, you're purchasing a reading copy.


Antiquarian book lovers search for classic old volumes---editions of Scott, Wordsworth, the Bay Psalm Book, types of fine printing and binding from centuries past.

*Modern Firsts

Modern first edition collectors tend to limit themselves to the century, to the writers who have defined the times we are now living in, such as for example Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Faulkner.


Taking Stock

The first faltering step to being a good book scout is to take a look at your own bookshelves at home.

This will be your opening stock, so take a minute to appraise everything you own. Do you have plenty of paperbacks with cracked spines and tattered covers? Or do you have a great choice of good hardbacks neatly care for, books you brought when they arrived? The fact that you own books at all suggests that you're a partner of books, which will be the first faltering step to being a serious collector.


Published by Peter Garlow